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Canada-Crush brown factory samples.

Canadacan

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Probably the most interesting Crush bottles I've had in a long while, or at least since I posted those other cool factory samples.
So these are from 1964 July/Aug and were Factory samples before final production of the iconic 1965 brown Mae west.
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This makes for an interesting line up!...years are as follows from the left, 1964, 1964 sample, 64 sample, 64 sample, 1965 release, 65 clear, 66 brown, 66 clear, and a 67 factory sample with no ACL.

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CanadianBottles

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Wow those are really cool! Especially that yellow and green one, interesting that they were playing around with different colour schemes on them. I'm also interested to see that the amber ones continued being produced after the clear ones were introduced. Any idea why that was? Were the clear ones initially for other flavours?
 

Canadacan

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Wow those are really cool! Especially that yellow and green one, interesting that they were playing around with different colour schemes on them. I'm also interested to see that the amber ones continued being produced after the clear ones were introduced. Any idea why that was? Were the clear ones initially for other flavours?
Well they did not continue to make the brown after 1955 when the new clear glass Mae West design was released. These brown bottles were miss dated as being from 1956-57 when in fact they did not come out until 1965. It was a back by popular demand advertising campaign.
To date I have not seen a 1964 or 67 regular production bottle, other than what I've shown for factory samples.
So the 1964 samples were test bottles for the 1965 release....pretty significant to be able to document these.

Orange Crush-back in the brown bottle- Nanaimo Daily News, 28 Jun 1965, Mon, Page 13
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Orange Crush-Nanaimo Bottling- Nanaimo Daily News, 04 Sep 1965, Sat, Page 42
Orange Crush-back in the brown bottle-Nanaimo Daily News, 21 Jun 1965, Mon, Page 3.jpg
 

CanadianBottles

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Well they did not continue to make the brown after 1955 when the new clear glass Mae West design was released. These brown bottles were miss dated as being from 1956-57 when in fact they did not come out until 1965. It was a back by popular demand advertising campaign.
To date I have not seen a 1964 or 67 regular production bottle, other than what I've shown for factory samples.
So the 1964 samples were test bottles for the 1965 release....pretty significant to be able to document these.

Orange Crush-back in the brown bottle- Nanaimo Daily News, 28 Jun 1965, Mon, Page 13
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Orange Crush-Nanaimo Bottling- Nanaimo Daily News, 04 Sep 1965, Sat, Page 42
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Oh interesting, I never realized that! I always assumed the brown Mae West was a carry-over from the brown crinkly bottles and that they switched to clear sometime afterwards. Guess I never looked at the date codes on the base of these.
 

Canadacan

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Oh interesting, I never realized that! I always assumed the brown Mae West was a carry-over from the brown crinkly bottles and that they switched to clear sometime afterwards. Guess I never looked at the date codes on the base of these.
Yes it's very interesting indeed...I made a post about this common misconception, not sure if I posted that here?. Myself and a friend have researched this in-depth and constantly inspect these bottles for variations.
 

CanadianBottles

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Yes it's very interesting indeed...I made a post about this common misconception, not sure if I posted that here?. Myself and a friend have researched this in-depth and constantly inspect these bottles for variations.
It rings a bell, it's very possible that I read that thread a while ago and then forgot about it. Or that I never realized the amber ones were only a back by popular demand thing.
 

mrosman

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Great sample bottles, Ivan. Never saw those before.... where did you find them?
Regards, Michael
 

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